New twist to Malawi protests as HRDC makes fresh demands:  ‘Reject Mwapasa as police IG’

Anti-Jane Ansah protests in Lilongwe have ended after organisers, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) made fresh demands, asking parliament to reject the appointment of Duncan Mwapasa as the top cop in the country among others.

HRDC chair Mtambo and his deputy Gift Trapence leading from the front line during the protests
Human rights activist Solomoni Phiri speaking to protestors
Relentless protests

Fearless HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo presented the petition to government officials at Capital Hill to mark the end of the protests on day one.

“Mwapasa has brought disrepute into the police profession. He should not be the Inspector General,” said Mtambo.

In the petition seen by Nyasa Times, HRDC argue that under his belt at deputy police chief, Mwapasa failed to protect the abduction and killings if people with albinism and also that he failed to keep peace during protests, agitating protestors with firing live bullets in support of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration.

They have also accused Mwapasa of havinga a hand in murder of Polytechnic student activist Robert Chasowa, saying he is named in the Commission of Inquiry report.

HRDC  state that Mwapasa is a “confessed DPP cadet” whose appointment is based on political patronage, nepotism and “politics of poverty of ideas” rather than on merit and professionalism.

Reads the petition: “Mwapasa’s appointment is clearly a typical President Mutharika’s ploy to maintain the Malawi policeservice under DPP capture as the expense of public interest.”

Mtambo has also asked the parliamentarians to reject the budget for the construction of two stadia for the privately owned Nyasa Big Bullets and Be Forward Wanderers.

He said it was illogical to fund privately owned football clubs when the government is failing to improve public services especially in health and education.

Conspicuously missing at the demos are opposition leaders; Malawi Congress Party president Lazarus Chakwera and his UTM counterpart Saulos Chilima who are pre-occupied with the landmark presidential poll case.

Mutharika won the first-past-the-post election with 38.5 per cent of the vote, compared with just over 35 per cent for Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential hopeful  Lazarus Chakwera, his closest challenger.  Chakwera, who has called the result “daylight robbery,” is challenging the results at constitutional court with Chilima, to seek a rerun.

The two are challenging the outcome alleging that the vote was marred by fraud and that result sheets were altered using typewriter correction fluid.

Embattled electoral commission chair Ansah, a judge of Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal, has defended the use of correctional fluid in the results tallies and denies wrongdoing.

Malawi has enjoyed multi-party democracy since 1994, leading to relative political stability compared with other countries in the region. But the disputed election has led to a months-long political crisis that has brought thousands of young Malawians on to the streets. The demonstrations have been mostly peaceful but there have been outbreaks of violence in some instances.

Governance experts and commentators argue that  Mutharika largely lacks public backing, having only secured 38.6% of the popular vote and that anti-government sentiment will likely  grow if protesters continue to feel unheard, with Ansah’s continued service .

“ It is very likely that the more President Mutharika and Jane Ansah  continue to ignore the issues raised by the protesters, frustrations will accumulate and this will eventually lead to protesters demanding fresh issues for Mutharika to address,” governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, HRDC had reaffirmed that no individual takes Malawi as his or her personal property by inflicting more misery on poor and heavily taxed Malawians.

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kamtambo
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kamtambo

HRDC and mtambo must fall is coming very shortly and it will be the massive one with all the bonafides supporters all over for both teams Bullets and Wanderers.

Hatton
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Hatton

Kodi bwana Trapencewa, abvala zakudazi Chifukwa cha Maliro abambo awo komwe sanapitako chifukwa a Trapencewa anali otanganidwa ndi kukonza mademo.
Zikumveka kuti azimai asiya kuchita nao mademo chifukwa adzindikira kuti Trapence akumenyera ufulu oti Amuna adzikwatirana amuna okhaokha.

maiye
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maiye

HRDC Your the best, big up we salute you. This is the democracy our for Father’s fault for us. We have to express our rights until justice prevails

Mngulungulu
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Mngulungulu

These HRDC people have lost direction. They need to be consistent in their demands for demonstrating. Why are they changing tunes now? Should people demonstrate against Ansah or Mwapasa??

Jemusi
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Jemusi

Have they told you they want to demonstrate against Mwapasa? They are saying parliament should not confirm him as IG and reasons have been given. Understand what the person is saying?

The trouble you asked me to finish
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The trouble you asked me to finish

Talking about education….Oooh boy. Almost all universities have been turned into brothels because the girls can’t keep up with high cost of living. A room (yes a room and not a house) in Chikanda is cost as high as MK140,000.00 per month (4 beds and each bed costing 35,000). Government should consider building girls hostels at Chanco before we lose all this generation to HIV and AIDs. It is embarrassing that you can sleep with a college girl for a mere 1000 and the reason being that she can’t cope up with life at the college. Zodiak, Times, The nation,… Read more »

Tuvitwana
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Tuvitwana

Mlomwe by nature of DULL. Will depend on hatred and croockedness to assail in life. Alomwe nonse ur good at nothing, that’s why you will always hate northerners! PERIOD

jonas
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jonas

Join the discussion…who is idiot btween you and mlomwe you selfish people. mbwenuuuuuu

Hell is Coming
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Hell is Coming

jonas you are a lomwe and you call others selfish? a lomwe calling anyone selfish really? After mutharika dies which is very soon, he more likely to come back from UNGA as cargo, the nightmare for you lomwes shall begin!

HRLGBT/LGBTIQ
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HRLGBT/LGBTIQ

Ine si Cadet koma Inu okonda mademo mupusa mbamba

Prophet
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Prophet

I see a certain ‘Rebel leader’ being born here. if this guy called Mtambo is not kept on a close watch I see him forming a rebel group because all signs of peace seem to be lacking in him. Trapense is just following blindly but God will talk to him silently one day.

adam Nthaluwa
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Dear God, Help Trapence to stop following Mtambo Blindly. Trapence can do better on gat rights not this. please let him know his real job.

Messenger of Death
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Messenger of Death

Let the war that this country so much deserves begin. With the arrogance and tribalism by muhlakho party, armed conflict is around the corner, just around…and with such a large following Mtambo will be a formidable war lord.

TOSH
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BRAVO MTAMBO FIRE DEM

Charie
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Charie

Anthu olophera ndi choncho ,ma stadium atani.bullets ndi noma ndiwomwe tinavotera Apm kut awine komaso osewa ndi matimu adziko lathu lino choncho mpofunika kut boma litengeko mbali ma stadium ndi chitukuko cha dziko ,nde mtambo pita ukasetere ma lazer

Muhariwa
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Muhariwa

Galu iwe wachabe wachabe sukudziwa omwe ukulankhula. No where in the world Government funds football clubs than only National team. MBUZI INU PITANI KU SCHOOL. Ask your Pitala to use his own money zomwe akumangira manyumbawa and NOT taxpayers money which is meant for Hospitals, real roads not fake ones we seen now.KUBA KUBA KOKHA KOKHA ANYANI INU. KULANKHULANSO KULEPHERA MKAMWA MANO 72

jonas
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jonas

Join the discussion…ndi maganizo ake iwenso uli nawo ako . galu ndiweyo which world do you know. wampunzira kuti wafika pati/

Rebel
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Rebel

Jonas you must be a standard 7 dropout no doubt about that. You are just too dull and weak in your head